If there isn’t an office recycling system, start one yourself! Recycling our trash actually contributes to reducing global warming emissions. And it is estimated that 75% of what is thrown in the trash could actually be recycled, though currently only 25% is.
eCycle it! Take your old computer, DVD player, or other electronics to an electronics recycling center. Reusing and recycling materials like copper, gold, and others saves natural resources and reduces mining and processing. eCycling also helps avoid land, air, and water pollution by capturing and reusing hazardous substances such as lead or chromium.
Don’t trash it – reuse it! Be creative as you look for new ways to reduce the amount or kinds of household waste. Give cardboard tubes to pet hamsters or gerbils. Plant seeds in an egg carton. Make a flower pot out of a plastic ice cream tub. By thinking creatively, you will often find new uses for common items and new ways to recycle and reduce waste.
- Turn a giant cardboard box into a child’s playhouse.
- Transform a plastic ice cream tub into a flower pot.
- Give pet hamsters or gerbils paper towel and toilet paper cardboard tubes with which to play. Use an egg carton to plant seedlings.
- Turn used tires (not steel-belted) into children’s swings or other playground equipment.
- Select nontoxic inks and art supplies.
- Combine source reduction techniques. For example, try storing coffee bought in bulk in empty coffee cans.
- Choose beverages such as water or milk in reusable containers, where appropriate.
- Place an order through the mail with a group of people in order to save money and reduce packaging waste.
Set up a box next to your printer for scrap paper. This can be used as note paper in the office. Cut up large sheets and staple them together to form small telephone note pads. When holding an office meeting, put a pile of paper (one side blank, the other side crossed out) on the board room table so that your colleagues can use it to take notes.
Source: the Enviropaedia
Separate your waste into different categories. A great way to do this is to use old milk crates, and to label them ‘glass’ ‘paper’ ‘cardboard’ ‘tins’ and ‘plastic’. Keep a separate bin for your wet waste. Fold or crush recyclable items as small as possible, and wait until your bins are completely full before you make a trip to your recycling depot and drop everything off together.
Source: the Enviropaedia